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Sid Caesar vs. Babe Didrikson Zaharias (2); Jim Thorpe advances

Best comment from yesterday came from Dalton:

Jim Thorpe isn’t from Pennsylvania, and yet a town there renamed itself after him. DJ Jazzy Jeff is from Pennsylvania, and yet Will Smith won’t even return his phone calls. Until I can enjoy a cold Yuengling in Jazzy Jeff, PA it’s DJ Jumpin’ Jim for the win.

And today’s second-round bout features a comedic king versus a trailblazing athlete. I have no idea if Babe was funny or if Sid could do sports.

Again, here’s the bracket and here are the rules.


  1. Ethan Bolker says:

    With Sid Caesar I’d find out if his gags are as funny now as they were to me when I watched the Show of Shows. I’d be sad to discover I’d outgrown them.

    I saw Zaharias just once, in her cameo appearance with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in _Pat and Mike_. Let’s have her do cameos one each for all her sports. Can you arrange an appropriate venue?

  2. Tom says:

    The difficulty with the later rounds is that you don’t know who will be there so you have to use your best material in the first round. Of course, Zaharias was a golfer and they have to be good over a number of rounds so I guess she has to go through.

  3. Martha (Smith) says:

    Caesar sent out a decree that there would be a census, and that everyone had to go back to their home town to be counted. So it came to pass that a Babe was born in Bethlehem, and that Babe went on to found a new religion, that spread widely and is still practiced. This presents a dilemma: Does the Babe win, for starting the new religion, or is it a tie because Caesar played in important part in this all happening? And what do we do if it’s a tie?

    • Dzhaughn says:

      It occurs to me that Sid is short for Siddhartha. (Oh, boo! Boo! Hesse!) And Sid was taller than Babe.

    • zbicyclist says:

      I don’t know, Martha. But at least we know there was a historical Caesar.

      But there is a problem here: Sid Caesar depended heavily on writers, so how good would he be without them? Could be interesting to find out, or a big disappointment to discover one of the comedy idols from your childhood really isn’t that funny on his own.

      Babe, on the other hand, would always be a Babe.

  4. Dzhaughn says:

    The imminent possibility of a Battle of the Sexes for the New Millenium between Athletes of the Previous Millienium is irresistable. Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs, indeed!

  5. Mark Palko says:

    Not quite the same as athleticism, but SC was, by all accounts, extraordinarily strong.

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